Posts in Entrepreneurship

Get Rid of The Fed

I know what you are thinking.  I am a crackpot.  I have joined the Ron Paul cadre that wants to end the Fed and go back to gold.  I deliberately put up a click-bait headline because the way we regulate …

The Tighter And Pointier The Better

Entrepreneurship is such a tough game.  I have nothing but the utmost respect for people that come up with an idea and then turn it into something.  But, one of the really hard things for entrepreneurs to do is raise …

How Foreign Regulation Finds Its Way Across Borders

Have you heard of GRESB?  It’s a big thing.  Investors from the EU are asking for greater transparency about the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real asset portfolios. Regulators are mandating ever more ESG disclosures and improvements. And tenants, owners …

Hey, Want A Job Starting and Growing a Hedge Fund?

Recently, WLV closed on our second deal, CFX.  CFX is a two sided marketplace that trades illiquid assets. If there is anything that me, my partner Kenny and the majority of our LPs know is where to identify a trading …

The Bitcoin Future

Yesterday CME announced they were going to list Bitcoin futures.  I was surprised it took this long.  For entrepreneurs, it shows how slow big corporates move to make decisions.  It also shows that when they decide to move, they create …

Where The Puck Is Going With Big Data

  My friend Phil Coover has a podcast called “Real Estate for Breakfast”.  Recently Megalytics one of West Loop Ventures portfolio companies was on the show.  Here is a link.  If you know someone in commercial real estate, send them …

We Need More Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is in decline in America.  Here is some data from the Kaufmann Foundation. There are a large variety of reasons for the decline in entrepreneurship. Chief among them is the risk-taking appetite of the Millennial Generation. It’s not there. …

Intersection of Digital, Design, and The Future of Work

Last night I was on a panel at IIT’s Stuart School of Business. The panel talked about the intersection of the future of work, design, engineering, and digital.  The crowd was diverse, and the panel had diverse experiences and degrees. …

Judging

This afternoon I am judging a pitch competition here in Chicago at mHub.  It’s the 10th China Shenzhen Nanshan Entrepreneurs Star Pitch Competition.  Here is the agenda. 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Registration 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Opening Ceremony (Welcome …

One Key Takeaway From the G7/I7

For the next few blogs, I probably will be blogging about the G7/I7 meeting that I attended in Italy.  The reason is it was interesting to meet people focused on innovation from around the world and hear their ideas and …

I Learned Some Things At the G7/I7

Headed back today from Torino, Italy.  I am going to be jet lagged as heck.  We had a series of meetings at the G7.  This was the first year they brought people from outside of government to weigh in on …

Our Investment In CFX Markets

We met Jordan Fishfeld and Juan Hernandez last March to talk about their company, CFX Markets.   We had a great first meeting and we were interested.  I had known Juan from prior years.  A few years ago, Juan and …

The G7/I7 In Torino, Italy

This weekend I will be going to Torino, Italy.  Torino is the site of the information part of the G7 conferences that take place throughout the year.  You can see a link to the entirety of the G7 here.  I …

Are Ideas Linear in Finance?

Listening to Ben Horowitz speak at the Chicago Venture Summit, he made a point which he’s made before.  Venture capitalists invest in really bad ideas.  But, if those ideas work it would be pretty cool.  He used AirBnb as an …

When Does An Investor Intervene?

A lot of investors say they are “active investors”.  It’s almost in every pitch deck you see.  The definition of an active investor is fuzzy.  What’s it really mean? Does it mean you simply lead deals and take board seats? …

Should Google Be Broken Up?

There is a nascent movement afoot to have big companies broken up similar to what Teddy Roosevelt did back at the turn of the last century. If you went to public school, you were educated that the “robber barons” were …